Director, Organizational Development and Learning

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Senior Manager/Supervisor


Under the direction of the Chief of Staff, the Director, Organizational Development and Learning will be responsible for leading the implementation of an organizational learning and evaluation plan to evaluate progress towards the Council’s short-and long-term strategic goals. This position will lead the annual work planning process, coordinate internal communications, and help to equip staff with the appropriate capacities to fulfill the Council’s mission.

This is a new role created to bolster the organization’s evaluation and work planning expertise and maintain effective internal communications. Working across the organization, this position will cultivate a culture of learning and inquiry at the Council on Foundations that will embolden staff to experiment, tolerate risk, and grow from failures.  

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed within are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required.




Learning and Evaluation

  • Lead the implementation of organization-wide learning and evaluation, including developing strategies for assessing progress on emergent and hard-to-measure concepts of interest and importance to the Council
  • Facilitate organizational-wide data analysis and learning sessions to evaluate work and progress on strategic direction, including sub-strategies for key bodies of work
  • Provide consistent and tailored support to departments on integrating and maintaining learning and evaluation practices at the team level
  • Lead efforts to establish organizational learning and knowledge management practices into daily routines and strategic planning
  • Foster independent evaluative thinking across departments through training and constructive feedback
  • Maintain learning and evaluation dashboard and produce reports and graphics to communicate progress on goals and set organizational goals
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to share our progress on goals more broadly and ensure accountability on the strategic direction
  • Onboard new staff to evaluation and learning practices and deliver refresher training as needed
  • Review and remain current in issues and trends in philanthropy, evaluation, organizational learning, and knowledge management including ensuring that they are culturally appropriate and positioned to support the Council’s equity priorities.


Work Planning and Organizational Development

  • Work with Chief of Staff to lead the annual collaborative work planning process in a way that ensures inclusivity and appropriate stakeholder engagement
  • Facilitate mid-year work planning check-in and subsequent adjustments to organizational and teamwork plans
  • Develop and implement staff capacities plan to support the achievement of our strategic aims in a way that complements the work of the People and Culture team on REDI and individual development
  • Communicate organizational development best practices and provide training to new and existing staff as needed
  • Lead the implementation of a cross-functional plan to build staff knowledge on philanthropy, including onboarding new staff to philanthropy
  • Participate in cross-functional teams and serve as a member of Salesforce taskforce


Internal Communications

  • Assess existing internal communications channels and develop internal communications strategy in conjunction with key stakeholders on Executive Office, People and Culture, Operations, and Marketing and Communications terms
  • Coordinate and execute internal communications to staff, including presentations, announcements, videos, and blogs, in collaboration with relevant internal stakeholders  
  • Ensure internal messages are consistent across all mediums and for different departments of the organization
  • Ensure internal messaging is consistent with external efforts 
  • Work with Marketing and Communications team to support response to crisis situations



  • Bachelors’ degree
  • 7-10 years of experience in program evaluation, nonprofit management, organizational learning and development, and/or organizational communications



  • Strong understanding of the philanthropic and the charitable sector.
  • Knowledge and direct experience with applied evaluations, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Knowledge and direct experience conducting evaluations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of inclusive and equitable evaluation practices.
  • Demonstrated team leader who can positively and productively impact strategic initiatives.
  • Strong project management and analytical skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interpret, write for, and share data findings with a non-technical audience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to listen well, and positively represent the organization and its mission.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to identify and solve problems efficiently and quickly.
  • Ability to manage many and/or differing tasks and maintain productivity.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.
  • Ability to build positive relationships and work effectively with a range of individuals and working styles, and with people at all organization levels including staff, board members, foundation officers, donors, and vendors.
  • Experience with CRM database solutions, preferably Salesforce.
  • Proficient skill in Microsoft Office 365 applications.



The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.
  • The ability to sit, stand or walk for long periods of time (8+ hours/day).
  • The ability to lift up to 20 lbs. (with or without assistance).
  • The ability to push, pull, bend, kneel, reach, stoop, and crouch.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job includes near, far, peripheral, and depth and the ability to adjust focus (with or without the use of corrective lenses).



  • Ability to travel up to 10% domestically, including overnight trips.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Council on Foundations is fully remote for the foreseeable future. This position will also be remote for the foreseeable future.

Please note, this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Activities, duties, or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



The Council has a coherent structure for assessing market data and establishing salary ranges based on position scope, responsibility, and professional area to ensure competitiveness.  The starting salary range for this role is: $110,000 - $120,000.  The salary range reflects the position based in the Washington, DC area. The actual salary may vary for applicants in a different geographic location.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Nonprofit HR is committed to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated into everything we do for the benefit of our employees and the clients that we serve. To fully realize our goal, we prioritize our understanding of the complexities of DEI within our workforce to inform our approach to talent management. We believe that this guides how we do our work, advise our clients to operationalize DEI and position our content and educational opportunities help strengthen the talent management capacity of the social impact sector.

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